It is the time of the year that we celebrate two very important points in American history. On June 14th we recognize Flag Day and on July 4th we recognize our nations independence from England. Each of these days are solemn reminders about the many aspects that have made our country a place where countless generations of families have migrated to and now call home. Both of these days should serve as reminders to us all about the unique qualities we have here in America that allow for every American citizen to be a part of the political process and engage their government in a way that no other country allows.
During my time in Congress, I have been able to engage the people of the First District through email, hand written letters, telephone town halls, in person meetings, and even visiting at the grocery store. The American people are able to engage their elected officials in a way that I believe holds true to what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they drafted the Declaration of Independence. They saw the contempt that the political class had developed for the citizenry in their home country of England and were determined to form a new nation; one where contempt would only be born out in those who refused to engage in a democratic process rooted in the idea of a representative republic.
It was during these same summer months over two hundred years ago that our Founding Fathers met to draft the Declaration of Independence as well as the Bill of Rights which they would then transmit to their friends and neighbors soliciting their support for the idea of a new nation, founded on the never before conceived idea of a representative republic. A nation formed by laws not by bloodlines.
While we are only afforded the opportunity to look in to the window of history and view these historic places and documents we are given the rights and responsibility to be a part of the further governance and development of our great nation. One of these most cherished rights is our ability to vote but our other rights, found in our Constitution, are guaranteed each and every day.
During this time of the year when we celebrate these important and formative parts of our American history, I would ask that you join me remembering the moments that we have all shared together that remind us of how great a nation we live in and how in too short of a time, if we are not careful, we can lose the very freedoms that so many have fought, and died, to protect and defend. Let our flag be a constant reminder of how great a nation we share and that even under perilous circumstances and events our nation will hold firm and will shine bright from the light from above.